WARNING- Do not use HELP! section EGR gaskets (now with pix)
I would say about 4 months ago I replaced the EGR gasket on my '94 because I thought it needed it based on what I could see (it was chipped in several places). The EGR gaskets in the HELP! section were cheap enough, so I picked them up and used the one I needed. (These gaskets also have a screen on themto keep debris from entering the intake stream).
About a month ago I noticed a hissing sound coming from around that area, though I could not locate it. So I let it go, thinking it was air from the intake tube that I was hearing. It was also about this time my fuel mileage started to go to...well, h3LL. Yesterday, after changing the oil AND doing a coolant flush (went with Prestone LL), the hissing sound got worse. So, I took some TB cleaner, spray all around that area....and the engine stutters and shuts off. Ah-hah! So I thought...maybe I didn't tighten the EGR down enough. Nope...all tight. "Nah....it couldn't be. I just replaced the gasket..."
I'll post pics of it later. But rest assured there was nothing left of that gasket but the metal screen.
I HAD to get another HELP! gasket for the interim. I ordered a good one...same type of material exhaust manifold gaskets use...and should be here today or Monday.
And that'* my story.
Welcome, downwardly mobile yuppies, to the dawn of the Age of Nefarious.
1993 SSEi - FrankenJinx - dead and gone.
1994 SSE (136K strong) - 180* t-stat,HD alternator, most unequipped SSE on the club, XM radio, Kenwood CD/MP3.
2006 Chevy Malibu Maxx LTZ - Custom 2.25" manifold-back exhaust w/FM-80. Probably the only Maxx with this system.